Lusaka, the Capital and business city of Zambia!
Lusaka officially became the capital of the Republic of Zambia in May 1935, due to its fairly central location, its situation on the railway and at the crossroads of the Great North Road and Great East Road, replacing Livingstone. Lusaka was elevated to the status of a City by Royal Charter, twenty-five years later.
It was the site of a village named after its headman Lusakasa, who was located at Manda Hill where today’s Zambia’s National Assembly building stands. After the federation of Northern and Southern Rhodesia in 1953, it was a centre of the independence movement amongst some of the elite that led to the creation of the Republic of Zambia. In 1964, Lusaka became the capital city of today Zambia.
Its metropolis provides a home to about two and half million (2.5M) inhabitants of many different nationalities, race and creed.
Accommodation options are varied and spread out across the metropolis. Lusaka offers a variety of budget, midrange and top- end options. The level of choice in accommodation in Lusaka is forever increasing as the city rapidly expands. There are five star hotels perfect for the corporate travellers or if you are just seeking luxury for a few days. Mid- range options vary from conveniently located hotels to sophisticated guesthouses.
The city has Conference tourism infrastructure ideal for hosting mega international events and conferences
1. Lilayi Elephant Orphanage
Lilayi Elephant Orphanage is about 30minutes drive from the city and is situated in the beautiful 650 hectare Game Farm of Lilayi Lodge. The Lilayi Elephant Nursery is home to the youngest members of rescued elephant calves where they receive dedicated care before they are released into the Kafue National Park
2. Eureka Camping Park
Conveniently located on the Lusaka-Livingstone road. Eureka Camping Park is just fifteen minutes from the City’s Central Business District. This camping park has become a favourite stop for those travelling long distances overland.
3. Kalimba Reptile Park
Kalimba Reptile Park has a variety of indigenous snakes, tortoises and other reptiles and is popular for fishing. The park nestles in the lush basin of Ngwerere stream. It is also one of the few places left in the world where you can see the rare and shy slender-nosed crocodile. Kalimba Reptile Park is self-sufficient in crocodile egg production and is located 16.5km from the Central Business District.
4. Lusaka National Museum
Officially opened its doors to the public in October 1996. The museum has already proved to be an attractive tourist resort and active research and educational institution. The museum collection is preserved in storage rooms, while other heritage objects are displayed in two galleries on the ground and upper floors of the museum building. The museum is located within the town.
5. Lusaka National Park
Lusaka National Park is the 20th National Park in Zambia. The park was created in 2008 and gazzeted in 2011 after degazetting two adjoining forest reserves number 26 and 55.
Lusaka National Park is 46km’2 in extent, is situated south-east of Lusaka City of Lusaka Province, about 30km South-east of the city’s central Business District. It is the second park which has been established near the urban area after Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone.
6. Chaminuka Lodge
Chaminuka is strategically situated only 30 minutes away from the Lusaka International Airport along Kasis Road.
If excellence and style is what you are seeking as well as a nature reserve within Lusaka.
Chaminuka is a game reserve with a habitant of 72 species of Zambian mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Chaminuka also boast of some of the best accommodation and restaurant facilities befitting a game reserve outfit.
7. Kabwata Cultural Village
Established in 1974, the Kabwata Visual Arts and Cultural Association, KAVICA, currently has 120 subscribed members. It operates from Burma Road in Kabwata Estate on the outskirts of the City’s Central Business District. A popular Lusaka attraction for traditional Zambian artefacts to take home as souvenirs and gifts. Other works are beads, drums, spears, walking sticks, African printed fabrics, tie-dye and batiks.
8. Chilenje House 394
Chilenje House 394, located in Chilenje, on the outskirts of the City’s Central Business District a house in which Dr Kenneth Kaunda founding President of Zambia lived from January 1960 to December 1962 two years before Independence. From this house, he directed the struggle for Independence of Zambia, which was finally achieved on 24th December 1964.
It is described as a simple two-bed roomed residential house with a small living room and a kitchen. It lies in a spacious compound littered with giant trees that seem to thrive on a stony ground. Three houses are included in the protected monument, and have been restored as nearly as possible to their 1962 condition. House No. 395 contains displays illustrating the history and growth of Lusaka from the earliest times and the political development of Zambia.
9. Protea Safari Lodge
Located within its own private game reserve of approximately 2 500 acres on Kamaila Road, Chisamba, Lusaka. Protea Hotel Safari Lodge is set within beautiful gardens, with separate open sided buildings for the Restaurant and bar, and a lovely swimming pool. Ideal for the business and leisure travellers who want comfort, tranquillity and convenience and only 30 minutes from Lusaka City Centre.